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James Franco’s secret “Ape” picture revealed!

Long before his big-budget, digitalized-simians “Planet of the Apes” reboot, James Franco starred in another movie about a guy living with a monkey

It's called The Ape, it played at a couple of film festivals (L.A., Austin), in 2005, and phhhttt, then it disappeared. But if ever there was a double-bill, it's Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the just-out sci-fi reboot with James Franco living in a house with a monkey, and The Ape, with James Franco living in a house with a monkey. Or, at least, with a guy in a Hawaiian shirt and a gorilla suit. The movie star/fiction writer/NYU prof/ADD poster boy wrote (with Merriwether Williams) and directed the dark comedy, about a guy who leaves his wife to move into a rental apartment and write the great American novel. But then this clown in a King Kong costume shows up.

Watch the trailer below. Franco's seems just a mite more animated in The Ape than he is in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. (He's jumoping up and down on a bed!!